“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later
I can build castles.”
- Shannon Hale
I love working with authors to help them polish their manuscripts until they shine! I treasure my critique groups, and know that providing and receiving critiques has made me a stronger author. I am a member of 12x12, a judge with Rate Your Story, and one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek. The following critique options are available. If you don’t see an option that works for you, please contact me so that we can design a package that meets your needs.
Picture Books: (1000 words or less)
Full Professional Critique Options
Full Professional Critique: $95.00 — This critique includes line edits; big picture comments (including strengths and weaknesses); an analysis of the narrative arc, emotional arc, emotional resonance, voice, pacing, and character development; an exploration of where your manuscript fits into the market;, ways to slim down your text; ideas about writing in a visual way; ways to craft satisfying page turns; and craft resources.
Follow-Up Critique: $85.00— This critique is available after your manuscript has received a Full Professional Critique and has been revised. It includes line edits; big picture comments (including strengths and weaknesses); an analysis of the narrative arc, emotional arc, emotional resonance, voice, pacing, and character development; an exploration of where your manuscript fits into the market;, ways to slim down your text; ideas about writing in a visual way; ways to craft satisfying page turns; and craft resources.
** Full Professional Critiques will be returned within 3-5 days of receipt of payment. **
Big Picture Critique Options
Initial Big Picture Critique: $45.00 — This critique includes a paragraph summary of the strengths and challenges in your manuscript, and possible areas to consider as you revise.
Follow-Up Big Picture Critique: $35.00 — This critique includes a paragraph summary based upon a revision of a manuscript that received a Big Picture Critique.
** Big Picture Critiques will be returned within 2-4 days of receipt of payment. **
Unique Critique Options
Putting it All Together: $172.00 — With this discounted package, you’ll receive a Full Professional Critique, a Full Professional Follow-Up Critique, and a Follow-Up Big Picture Critique. This is the ultimate package to help you move closer and closer to crafting a manuscript that is ready for submission. With the purchase of this package, you will also be able to purchase a query letter critique for 15% off the regular price.
NEW: Consultation Package: $150.00 per week — With this discounted package, you'll receive one manuscript critique per week, one-hour phone or video calls to discuss your work each week, a query-letter critique package, and ongoing access to Lauren via email for questions, concerns, and support.
Polish Package: $225.00 — When you have a great submission opportunity, an agent asks for more work, or you have a tight deadline looming, the Polish Package will get you feedback from TWO authors (Lauren and Katie Frawley). Katie is an incredibly talented author who always offers insightful and enriching feedback. With this unique package, feedback will be returned within 48 hours so that you can polish your manuscript until it shines. For more information about Katie Frawley, you can visit her website at: https://katiefrawley.com/.
Query Letter Critique Package: $45.00 — With this package, you will receive an initial query letter critique and a follow-up read. Critiques will include suggestions for crafting the most dynamic and engaging query letter possible. Query critiques will be returned within 72 hours.
Storystorm Idea Consultation: $75.00 — With this 45-minute Zoom or phone consultation, we will talk through your top Storystorm ideas to assess viability, marketability, and heart. We’ll create a written plan to help you move forward with your new ideas in a way that feels achievable. This consultation is a fabulous way to move into February with intention, or anytime of the year when you’re ready to tackle a few new ideas, but aren’t sure which ones to explore first. If you'd like to view the consultation template prior to the appointment, you can email Lauren to request it.
Zoom or Phone Consultation: $55 — You've received a critique and would love to chat? You can purchase a 40-minute Zoom or Phone Consultation to discuss any questions you may have.
NEW: Critique Partner Discount: 20% off — Would you and your critique partner(s) like critiques. Sign up together and receive 20% off your critiques.
Add $25.00 to any critique and the critique will be returned within 24 hours. Please email Lauren to make sure she is in town before signing up for a rush.
I have created a number of templates and tools over the years that have helped me tremendously. One of my beloved critique partners recommended I post them on my website, so here are a few! I hope they help you too!
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